Opportunities

These are STEM or Space related opportunities that are currently available to residents of Colorado. Please see linked web pages for additional information. Not everyone will qualify for these opportunities. We are not affiliated with any of the organizations offering these opportunities and inclusion here is not an endorsement of any company or organization.


2017


Opportunity: RockSat-XN
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Description: RockSat-XN is a new partnership between NASA and the Andoya Space Center in Andenes, Norway. RockSat-XN will give students access to space from a launch site in Norway. The internationally organized Grand Challenge Initiative is composed of seven rockets that will launch in December 2018 and January 2019 to conduct research on cusp space physics. One of these rockets is the G-CHASER student rocket, which will be flown as part of a new RockSat program called RockSat-XN (RockSat-X Norway). The G-CHASER rocket will launch in early January 2019 from Andoya Space Center in Norway.


Opportunity: Space Technology Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity (ACO)
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Description: NASA is seeking partnerships with U.S. companies focused on industry-developed space technologies that can advance the commercial space sector and benefit future NASA missions. NASA centers will partner with the companies that are awarded projects under the ACO to provide technical expertise and test facilities as well as hardware and software to aid in maturing technologies that can enable or enhance space systems and closely related subsystems.


Opportunity: Science on a Sphere Student Contest
Deadline: March 17, 2017

Description: Is there a story you’ve heard about how Earth is changing that you can tell using maps and images? Where do major weather events (like hurricanes and tornadoes) occur and why? What are the “hot spots” of activity in the ocean and what animals are found there? These are just a few examples of the many stories you could choose to tell about our dynamic planet using Science On a Sphere. We invite you to create new maps, visualizations, and stories that help share NOAA’s mission in creative and innovative ways. Winners will receive a $250 gift certificate to be used on educational products, a certificate from NOAA, and have their work featured at the 2017 SOS Users Collaborative Network workshop as well as in our online catalog of content that is available to our worldwide user community. Submissions must be created by K-12 or college students in the U.S. who are currently enrolled in an education institution or are homeschooled. Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams of up to 4. Submissions do not have to be part of a school project or assignment.


Opportunity: Human Frontier Space Program (HFSP) Young Investigator and Program Grants
Deadline: March 20, 2017

Description: The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), which supports international collaborations in basic life science research, is inviting applications from researchers with an innovative approach to understanding the complex mechanisms of living organisms. HFSP offers two types of grants: Program and Young Investigator. Program grants are designed for independent scientists at any stage of their careers, while Young Investigator grants are intended for teams of scientists who are all within five years of establishing an independent laboratory and within ten years of obtaining their PhDs. Both types of grants provide support over three years for two- to four-member teams. Unless critical for the innovative nature of the project, no more than one member of a team can be from any one country. Applicants are expected to develop novel lines of research distinct from their ongoing research.


Opportunity: NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2017
Deadline: March 26, 2017

Description: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, or APL, is offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. Students participating in the 2017 NASA/APL Internship Program will work at the APL facility in Laurel, Maryland. Students will receive a stipend for the 10-week program, and housing will be provided. Eligible students include undergraduate rising sophomores through Ph.D. students as of fall 2017. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Opportunity: Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS)
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Description: NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at the Lunar and Planetary Institute are looking for 10 teams of motivated high school students and their teachers to participate in a national standards-based lunar/asteroid research program for the 2017-2018 academic year. Supervised by their teacher and aided by a scientist advisor, participants undertake student-led open-inquiry research projects that engage them in the process of science and support the goals of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. At the end of the year, four teams compete for a chance to present their research at the Exploration Science Forum held at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, in July 2018. Participation in the ExMASS program is free. Interested teachers must submit an application.


Opportunity: ROSES 2016 Fellowships for Early Career Researchers
Deadline: March 31, 2017

Description: This ROSES NRA (NNH16ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). ROSES is an omnibus NRA, with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics. All together these cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by SMD. Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of specialized science experimental hardware). The funds available for awards in each program element offered in this NRA range from less than one to several million dollars, which allow selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals, depending on the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intraagency transfers, depending on the nature of the work proposed, the proposing organization, and/or program requirements. The typical period of performance for an award is three years, but some programs may allow up to five years and others specify shorter periods. Organizations of every type, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on teaming arrangements. Note that it is NASA policy that all investigations involving non-U.S. organizations will be conducted on the basis of no exchange of funds.


Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
Deadline: April 15, 2017

Description: The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from schools and formal or informal educational institutions and organizations — individually or working in concert — to host Amateur Radio contacts next year with ISS crew members. ARISS anticipates that contacts will take place between January 1 and June 30, 2018. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS seeks proposals from schools and organizations that can draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Each FM-voice contact lasts about 10 minutes — the length of a typical overhead ISS pass from horizon to horizon.


Opportunity: Genes in Space Competition
Deadline: April 21, 2017

Description: The competition challenges U.S. students in grades seven through twelve to design DNA analysis experiments that address a challenge or opportunity of space travel. Student proposals use the International Space Station (ISS) as a testbed for deep space exploration. The competition is sponsored by miniPCR, Math for America (MƒA), Boeing, The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and New England Biolabs®, Inc. (NEB®). The winning experiment will be conducted on the ISS. Students can submit their proposals as individuals or in groups of up to four


Opportunity: Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships for Early Career Researchers
Deadline: April 28, 2017

Description: The goals of the ROSES-16 solicited Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship (RTF) program in Astrophysics are to provide early-career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead astrophysics flight instrument development projects, including suborbital investigations, in preparation to become Principal Investigators (PIs) of future astrophysics missions; to develop innovative technologies for space astrophysics that have the potential to enable major scientific breakthroughs; and to foster new talent by putting early career instrument builders on a trajectory towards long-term positions. NASA is committed to supporting deserving early career researchers by selecting one or more Roman Technology Fellows every year.


Opportunity: RockOn! 2017
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Description: RockOn, conducted in partnership with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, runs June 17 – 22 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The workshop introduces students to building an experiment for suborbital spaceflight, including the processes of programming, component layout and electrical interfacing. The workshop concludes with the launch of the student-developed experiments on a sounding rocket.


Opportunity: ‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Deadline: July 31, 2017

Description: NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society once again will offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by — and using — actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a short-film competition. Films featuring NASA-captured imagery and video collected throughout the agency’s 50-year history will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail: the same hallmarks of spaceflight. Works submitted to CineSpace will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be shown to audiences both on and off Earth.


Opportunity: NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships
Deadline: December 31, 2017

Description: NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement. NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.


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